American forces have adopted Israeli military tactics employed in Gaza of dropping cautionary leaflets and knocker bombs intended to warn civilians of incoming attacks. The method was used outside of Mosul in a recent operation, yet a woman and a child were killed upon re-entering a building shortly after it was targeted by a hellfire missile. The deaths were disclosed by a Department of Defense official in a briefing yesterday on expanding U.S. forces in Iraq as it battles fighters with the Islamic State.
Category Archives: Middle East
Students at the American University of Beirut have been organizing on campus since AUB President Fadlo Khuri canceled the hiring of Professor Steven Salaita based on accusations of ‘procedural irregularities’ during the hiring process. As a #StudentsforSalaita press release explained, “Students are concerned this controversy follows Salaita’s persecution at UIUC, as well as the changing perspectives within the administration on the legitimacy of pro-Palestinian scholars.”
Jeff Klein reports on the horrific devastation left in the wake of the ISIS occupation of the world-famous ancient city of Palmyra and the neighboring Syrian town of Tadmor. He traveled there with a delegation that was the very first group of international civilians to view the site in the aftermath of the battle that took place there.
A Brown student asserts that Palestinian leaders want to “expel” 6 million Jews from Israel and Palestine, and the NY Times publishes this falsehood without even glancing at his link, which utterly disproves the assertion.
Israeli soldiers are almost never prosecuted for killings in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said yesterday. Over the past 15 years no Israeli officers were indicted for murder, and only one soldier was convicted of homicide in the case of the killing of a foreign national. During this time Israeli forces killed more than 5,500 Palestinians and ten foreign nationals in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Raji Sourani and Shawan Jabarin are giants in the Palestinian human rights community. This week is your chance to hear them in NY, Boston, or Washington
Zionism took the myth of the ‘Jewish nation’ from Jewish religious culture. It extrapolated the nationalist stream inherent in Judaism, and made it into an ostensibly ‘secular’ national movement. But the nationalist element depends upon the religious ‘counterpart’ to exist.
Anti-Muslim graffiti and vandalism on a half dozen U.S. campuses lately shows growing climate of Islamophobia, which may well be enabled by Donald Trump’s statements
The British Islamophobe Douglas Murray has attacked author Rula Jebreal, saying she poses as a “poor suffering Palestinian.” That’s a lie, and Murray’s thin-skinnedness about his whiteness, when he’s advocated for “white British people,” is also laughable.
Iceland’s corrupt elite raises doubts that greedy, dishonest leaders are only a problem in the poor parts of the world.
“They’re lost. No change will come from within,” former Hebrew school teacher Tzvia Thier says of Israeli Jews. The only hope to transform the racist nationalism of Israeli society is the international BDS campaign to bring real economic hurt to Israelis.
“Why my existence they so fear/they wish I leave and disappear?” A poem by Gaza writer Fidaa Abuassi on the dislocation of exile and colonization
Sonia Grieco follows two Palestinian families who have fled Syria to Beirut’s Shatila refugee camp. “The life in the camp is tough, but at least the war is far”, says Rajaa, a recently widowed mother of two.
British journalist, Chomsky detractor, Iraq war supporter, and fanatical opponent of fanatical Islamism Nick Cohen has re-outed himself as a Jew (sort of).
Richard Falk writes that the Brussels attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility exhibits the new face of 21st century warfare for which there are no front lines, no path to military victory, and acute civilian vulnerability. As such, it represents a radical challenge to our traditional understanding of warfare, and unless responses are shaped by these realities, it could drive Western democracies step by step into an enthused political embrace and revived actuality of fascist politics.
As a video recording of an Israeli soldier killing a wounded Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday emerged hours after the shooting Israeli government officials and civil society representatives were split in their responses. Some quickly moved to condemn the shooting, while an outspoken group of Israeli leaders applauded the soldier and circulated a counter-theory of self-defense and heroism.
Israel tells the world that its citizens have Israeli nationality, but on internal documents it insists that Jews have Jewish nationality. Because it is the Jewish state, and thereby justifies discrimination against non-Jewish nationals who are citizens of Israel.
Rachel Sandalow-Ash, a co-founder of Open Hillel, learned early on that she could question anything but Israel inside the Jewish community. She seeks a community open to free debate
On the occasion of World Poetry Day, Gaza-based human rights activists released an amateur video in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who has been detained in a Saudi prison since January 1, 2014. In the video Palestinian activist Haidar Eid performs “Thirsty for Freedom,” adapted from a poem by the late legendary Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm.
Israel supporters condemn the “delegitimizing” efforts of the BDS movement, but it is not as if delegitmization is a new tactic to Zionism. Indeed, a strong case could be made that it has been perhaps the single most ubiquitous and effective tool of the movement in the US and elsewhere over much of the last century.
Jonathan Ofir explains how he, an Israeli expatriate in Europe, came to be so critical of his country. “I came to realise that ‘fighting for my country’ meant something very different than winning ideological and physical battles for the State of Israel. It meant dismantling Zionist propaganda.”
Rich Forer is a former member of AIPAC who has orthodox relatives living in West Bank settlements, yet today he is a strong advocate for Palestinian rights. Forer is the author of the book ‘Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict’ and Katie Miranda interviews him about how the concept of the “psycho-spiritual roots of conflict” helps explain why some Israel supporters think and behave the way they do. Miranda says, “We can take the easy route and brush them off as crazy and racist. It’s much harder to look at the roots and even to identify similar qualities in ourselves.”
Today, International Women’s Day, the Austrian Parliament was scheduled to hold an event called In Grandmothers’ Words. This event would have joined eight female WWII witnesses from around the world in Vienna in an unprecedented opportunity for the public to hear their experiences regarding specific topics, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Uprising in Warsaw, and the Blitz in London. However, fueled by a biased article about Hedy Epstein, who was scheduled to appear, the event was cancelled. A protest emerged in an open letter originating from the Austrian public and with strong international support: over 180 signatures from 19 countries, including almost 50 Austrians and eminent figures.
Last spring we published Tamara Ben-Halim’s moving story about searching for her grandmother’s home in Yafa. Annie Robbins shares an amazing update that explains how Ben-Halim discovered that her family home is still standing.
2017 is a historic year in the history of Palestine, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 70th of the UN Partition resolution and 30th of the First Intifada. It will cement the new understanding of Zionism as a settler-colonialist project, underwritten by the west.